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Lithuanian Defence Minister does not rule out presence of Russian nuclear missiles in Kaliningrad

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By Euronews
Lithuanian Defence Minister does not rule out presence of Russian nuclear missiles in Kaliningrad

<p>Euronews reporter Hans von der Brelie met Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas in the capital Vilnius to have an <em>Insiders</em> chat about the ongoing changes in the field of European security. <span class="caps">NATO</span> partners share growing concerns that Russia may relaunch a nuclear arms race: “I cannot exclude that tactical nuclear weapons already exist in the Kaliningrad region”, Olekas told Euronews.</p> <p>Asked if Lithuania perceives the Russian Federation as a potential threat for national and European security, Olekas replied: “The aggression in Ukraine, their very aggressive behaviour over the Baltic Sea, their snap exercises around our borders… There is a will and a rhetoric that they can use their military forces, to solve, as they say, ‘their problems’ around their borders and outside their borders. The <span class="caps">NATO</span> enhanced forward presence (in the Baltic States and Poland), I think, is a very good initiative to stop Russian aggression.”</p> <p>Juozas Olekas was born in Siberia – where the Soviets deported his parents. As defence minister of Lithuania, he abolished conscription in 2008 – and reintroduced it in 2015.</p>